Michele Bachmann Ups the Ante in the GOP War on American Muslims
by Sheila Musaji
If a Muslim runs for political office, or even wants to get involved in their local community, or establish any sort of institution, whether they are a Republican or a Democrat, outrageous charges of “creeping Sharia prononent”, “stealth jihadist”, “Muslim Brotherhood plant”, etc. are made by Islamophobes. Here are just a few examples of such attacks (almost all instigated by Frank Gaffney):
— Rep. Keith Ellison has faced numerous assaults. — David Ramadan, a Muslim GOP candidate in a Virginia House of Delegates race. — Sohail Mohammed nominated as a judge on the NJ state Superior Court. — Suhail Khan was accused of being a Muslim Brotherhood operative “infiltrating” CPAC. — Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates was attacked for giving Muslims common legal advice. — Faisal Gill, a former JAG officer in the Navy and a Bush White House official accused of terrorist connections when he attempted to get involved in local politics. — Parvez Ahmed’s appointment to the Jacksonville, Florida Human Rights Commission was strongly opposed. — Rep. Andre Carson was recently embroiled in a manufactured controversy. — Ahmed Rehab faced bigotry when he was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of an advisory committee on immigration issues. — Halim Dhanidina, who spent 14 years as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, was appointed to a California Superior Court judgeship by Gov. Jerry Brown, he was attacked for having been in the MSA as a student. — Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy is pressuring the Gov. of Tennessee to fire Samar Ali from the position of Director of the Economic and Community Development Dept. — Mohamed Elibiary, a member of DHS’s Combatting Violent Extremism Working Group (CVE). — Imam Mohamed Magid, President of ISNA. — Ingrid Mattson former President of ISNA for being included in Inaugural Prayer Service. — Mazen Asbahi who was forced to resign as Obama’s Muslim Outreach Coordinator. — Dalia Mogahed for her appointment to the White House’s Office of Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. — Huma Abedin has been facing bigoted accusations for at least the past year.
You don’t even have to be a Muslim to come under attack by the Islamophobes.
— Gov. Rick Perry was attacked by Islamophobes simply for his friendship with the Aga Khan and not being anti-Muslim enough. — Gov. Chris Christie was accused of “abetting treason” for appointing a Muslim. — Frank Gaffney claimed that the Center for American Progress was part of ‘red-green axis’ with Muslim Brotherhood. — Elena Kagan was accused of “enabling efforts to insinuate” Shariah law in the United States. — Gen. David Petraeus was accused of of “submission to Sharia law”. — When Herman Cain met with Imam Magid of ISNA and other Muslim leaders to apologize for some anti-Muslim statements, Gaffney objected and accused Cain of meeting with Muslim Brotherhood operatives. — Karen Hughes, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy was attacked for attending an ISNA conference. — Gaffney called President Obama “America’s first Muslim president”, and claimed that President Obama is advancing Sharia Law and the ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’ in the Military, and said that Obama’s respect for Muslims is a secret code telling “those who adhere to Sharia [Muslims] that we will submit to Sharia.” . — Gaffney called the U.S. Missile Defense Agency Logo “evidence of Obama’s ‘Submission To Shariah’.” — Gaffney claimed that Grover Norquist “is helping the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrate the conservative movement”. — — GOP Presidential Candidates were asked by Frank Gaffney to sign a “pledge” or loyalty oath against Sharia.
The problem is that this sort of Islamophobic rhetoric is coming not just from the professional Islamophobes, but is also coming from GOP elected representatives.
A week ago, Alex Seitz-Wald on Salon, reported that
Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, joined by Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government. In particular, Bachmann singled out Huma Abedin, the wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner and a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In case Abedin hasn’t already been through enough already, Bachmann is now questioning her loyalty to the U.S. by asserting that Abedin has three family members who are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood (Abedin is Muslim). She’s been targeted before by anti-Muslim activists, and Bachmann notes that Abedin’s position “affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.” Bachmann also claims the state has “taken actions recently that have been enormously favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”
... So what is Bachmann’s source? Every one of her letters prominently cites Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan defense official who has become one of the country’s most prominent anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists. Gaffney heads the Center for Security Policy and has for years been preaching to anyone who will listen that the Muslim Brotherhood is secretly infiltrating every aspect of American life in a grand scheme to impose Shariah law when we least expect it. For Gaffney, everyone is an agent of the Brotherhood, including CPAC, the big annual gathering of conservatives in Washington, D.C., and Grover Norquist, the prominent anti-tax activist who is married to a Muslim woman.
As I exclusively reported in February, Gaffney’s persistent attacks against fellow conservatives got him booted from the American Conservative Union, the organization that puts on CPAC and includes notable hawks like former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. As Ellison explained in his letter, “Mr. Gaffney’s views have been widely discredited, including by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and conservative organizations … After the ACU board conducted a full investigation of Mr. Gaffney’s accusations against Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, the board found Mr. Gaffney’s accusations ‘reprehensible,’ ‘baseless’ and ‘false and unfounded.’ The ACU even barred Mr. Gaffney’s participation from CPAC in 2011.”
Gaffney has since been ostracized from several other key conservative groups, yet Bachmann apparently feels justified demanding official investigations based on his theories. Unfortunately, if the precedent of 2010 proves predictive, this likely won’t be the last conspiracy theory we hear about Muslims from conservatives before November. ...
This sort of anti-Muslim behavior on the part of Bachmann and company comes as no surprise. Her reliance on disreputable sources such as Frank Gaffney also comes as no surprise, after all he is her advisor on foreign policy, and he promoted her candidacy for President saying that Pres. Bachmann could uproot Muslim Brotherhood “iInfiltrators” in the U.S. In the article Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims? this is discussed at length. If Bachmann is interested in information about Gaffney’s qualifications as an “expert” on Islam or Muslims, she might want to check out the list of articles about Gaffney below, or the TAM backgrounder Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy. She might also want to check out my articles Muslim Brotherhood Document of the Muslim or Islamophobic Lunatic Fringe? and Unindicted co-conspirator Designation Not a Proof of Guilt which discuss the shaky base that Gaffney/Bachmann’s claims rest on.
Bachmann and Gohmert are also featured in our collection of problematic statements Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives.
Here is the entry on Bachmann in that collection
Rep. Michele Bachmann - said “not all cultures are equal, not all values are equal,” letting it be known that she thought that people of the Muslim faith had an inferior culture to that of the United States and the West.
- She also called the American Muslims who came to pray at the Muslim Day of Prayer on Capitol Hill “terrorist sympathizers” and “Islamo-Fascist bastards”.
- She made up a story about “flying Imam’s” attending Keith Ellison’s Christmas party.
- She also supported a Christian group who said that Rep. Keith Ellison was using Gays to impose Sharia on the US.
- On a radio program she said “It’s frightening to think how the left in this country, just as you’ve correctly stated, Michael, is throwing in with common cause with these radical elements of Islamic extremism. And we’re seeing that rise here in the United States. And it’s to our detriment ... “
- She endorsed Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy Sharia report.
- Bachmann consistently makes false statements. She blasted the 2010 census as a government plot and told people not to comply because the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require citizens to participate, when in fact it does. She told her constituents to be “armed and dangerous” in their resistance to cap-and-trade limits on climate-warming pollution. She insisted that Obama’s trip to India cost taxpayers $200 million a day, and claimed that Nancy Pelosi had spent $100,000 on booze on state-paid flights aboard military jets.
- Bachmann sat down for an interview with Pamela Geller of SIOA. Geller said about that interview “I had a great interview early this morning with Congressman Michele Bachmann, a Republican Congresswoman from east-central Minnesota, a warrior against Obama’s war on America. Bachmann really gets it. This is a woman I would gladly follow into battle. She’s a comer. If America is to emerge from this war from within, it will be under the stewardship of great Americans like Bachmann. I am a huge fan.”
- She emailed a statement after bin Laden’s death that included ” ... but it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism.” This maligns all of Islam and all Muslims. 5/11
- Bachmann is now being advised on foreign policy issues by Frank Gaffney 8/11
- Bachman said It appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood has been found to be an unindicted co-conspirator on terrorism cases and yet it appears that there are individuals who are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have positions, very sensitive positions, in our Department of Justice, our Department of Homeland Security, potentially even in the National Intelligence Agency. I am calling upon the Justice Department and these various departments to investigate through the Inspector General to see who these people are and what access they have to our information. 6/12
Here are the entries on Louis Gohmert and Trent Franks:
Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas warns of a plot to breed terrorist babies who will one day attack America. This goes right along with the Muslim demographics conspiracy theory which I call the dumbest Muslim plot ever. He has said that he will be pushing for anti-Sharia hearings in Congress. He also joined the growing chorus of Republicans clamoring for hearings to look into the threat of “creeping Sharia law.” Appearing on Frank Gaffney’s radio show (Gaffney is of course the chief architect of the “creeping Sharia” threat), Gohmert told the host he hoped they would “have some hearings” and that he would “be pushing for them”. ... This is not idle banter. As chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Gohmert has the power to hold such hearings. He said “You love your neighbor and all,” he said, “but when you are in a position and sworn to defend a country and given that mantle of protecting the country that Romans 13 talks about, then you have an obligation to get to the truth and do whatever you can to protect your people.” **
Rep. Trent Franks joined Reps. John Shadegg (AZ), Paul Broun (Ga.), and Sue Myrick (NC) in objecting to Muslim interns on Capitol Hill as infiltrators
Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland should all be ashamed of themselves. And, Bachmann, Franks, Gohmert, and Westmoreland who are all members of Capitol Ministries that hosts regular Christian Bible studies for, and ministers to, Members of Congress, should pray on what they are doing. It is interesting that Paul Broun and Sue Myrick were also members of this same Bible study group. What sort of “Christian” message are they receiving? They might also want to consider just how much their Islamophobic rantings sound like a previous generations anti-Semitism. UPDATE: We have just added an article about Capitol Ministries Is Congressional Christian Brotherhood Group Behind GOP Islamophobia? providing much more background on this group, their members, and their activities.
After Bachmann’s letter was released, Rep. Keith Ellison then wrote to Bachmann requesting proof of her allegations. You can see a copy of his letter HERE Ellison wrote in part “I request that you provide my office a full accounting of the sources you used to make the serious allegations against the individuals and organizations in your letters. If there is not credible, substantial evidence for your allegations, I sincerely hope that you will publically clear their names.”
A few days ago we published an excellent article by James Zogby of AAI on Michele Bachmann’s current Muslim witch hunt. He said:
A few weeks back, the sensation-seeking Representative Michele Bachmann did her best imitation of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy. She and four of her Congressional colleagues released letters they had collectively sent to the Inspectors General of the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence calling on them to investigate whether “influence operations conducted by individuals and organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood” have “had an impact on the federal government’s national security policies.”
Warning of “determined efforts by the Muslim Brotherhood to penetrate and subvert the American government as part of its ‘civilizational jihad’” the representatives wanted the Inspectors General to identify the Muslims who were influencing U.S. policy.
In making these charges, Bachmann and her cohorts were relying on the work of a Washington-based group the Center for Security Policy - a notorious player in the anti-Muslim industry that has been working for several years to smear Muslim American groups. The head of the Center served as one of Bachmann’s advisers during her ill-fated run for the presidency and the only source cited in the Congressional letters was the Center’s “training program” “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.”
The evidence the Congressmen present to back up their ominous warnings is, at best, slight—in some cases, creating a “straw man” out of a single reed of straw. For example, Representative Gohmert points accusingly to the fact that “this administration continues to bow down before groups associated with the goal of ‘destroying Western civilization from within’” - by which he means that the Administration apologized to Muslims in the Qur’an-burning incident in Afghanistan. This, he suggests, must be due to the administration’s “continued meetings” with Muslim groups, which has blinded them to the threat these Muslims pose to our “ability to protect ourselves.”
In other instances the evidence reads more like a “six degrees of separation game.” Using this trick, Bachmann and the Center point accusing fingers at some Muslims who serve in the administration. Among those who were singled out by name is Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
In the case of Abedin, the game goes from absurd, to downright bizarre. Her father and mother are Muslim and her father taught at a Muslim university in Saudi Arabia, and so they must be…(fill in the blank). In one article inspired by the Center’s work that appeared in the Washington Times, a right-wing newspaper, questions are asked as to whether Abedin “had been groomed to access movers and shakers to advance the cause of Islam in America.” The article goes on to question whether Abedin’s marriage to a Jewish Member of Congress was but a clever ruse designed to further this “Islamist agenda.” The evidence? Since Abedin is a Muslim why else would her family have approved of her marrying a non-Muslim? And, after all, she works for Clinton and Obama, who share, the article says, the “socialist agenda, which includes domination of the U.S. by a Muslim-ruled world!”
What is so intriguing about conspiracy-minded loonies is how their rhetorical charges and the gravity of the threat they see continues to grow each time they speak. Not to disappoint, Bachmann’s paranoia gives evidence of this trait. In a recent interview in which she discussed her effort, she explained, “it appears that there has been deep penetration in the halls of our United States government by the Muslim Brotherhood…it appears that there are individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who have very sensitive positions in our Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security…I am calling [for an investigation] to see who these people are and what access they have to our information.”
As outrageous as all this behavior may be, the letters and the charges generated very little media attention, but that doesn’t mean that they can be dismissed, for two main reasons: the five, though all a bit loony, hold positions of influence on key Congressional committees; and despite the fact that the source of the “evidence” cited in the Congressional letters is the pernicious Muslim-bashing Center for Security Policy,“witch hunts” if let unchecked can ruin lives and damage reputations.
Let’s look first at the five Members of Congress who signed the letters: Representatives Bachmann, Tom Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland all sit on the Select Committee on Intelligence, while Representatives Trent Franks and Louis Gohmert are members of the Judiciary Committee. With the exception of Bachmann, all hold leadership positions, either within their respective committees or in the House Republican caucus.
As an example of the potential this group might have to influence policy, this week the powerful Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers speaking on a radio program hosted by the head of the Center called Bachman’s campaign to “root out” Muslims “very important” noting that she is “taking the lead” on this issue.
As was the case during the McCarthy era, “witch-hunts” have victims and not only in jobs lost and careers ruined. Equally troubling is the distress that campaigns of this sort can bring to those not named, but who live in fear that their religion or their ethnicity will be the reason that they will be held in suspicion, denied a position, or held back from advancement. And as I know from bitter personal experience, it can result in entire communities being shunned by officials who fear being attacked for associating with a group that has been smeared as “dangerous.” Because there is a scarcity of courageous leaders in Washington, all too often the “witch hunts” will fester, taking a terrible toll before being challenged and defeated.
It is for this reason that I am so thankful that the wise voters of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District sent Keith Ellison to Congress. He is smart, picking his fights carefully. He is principled and courageous, venturing forth on matters that others tend to shy away from. And his wise counsel and thoughtful approach to issues has earned him the respect of his colleagues.
Ellison demonstrated his leadership this week when he directly challenged the sensation-seeking Islamophobe, Representative Michele Bachmann. In a stern letter to Bachmann and company, Ellison asks that she provide his “office with a full accounting of the sources you used to make the serious allegations against the individuals and organizations in your letters. If there is not credible, substantial evidence for your allegations, I sincerely hope you will publicly clear their names.”
After Rep. Ellison sent the letter to Rep. Bachmann, she sent a 16-page “response” supposedly backing up her allegations. You can download a PDF of Bachmann’s letter to Ellison HERE.
Rep. Ellison appearing on the Anderson Cooper program described Bachmann’s response as “16 pages worth of nothing”, and “a phantom”. Anderson Cooper said “Now you would think to make a charge like that—for sitting members of Congress to make a charge like that, that they would have some actual evidence, right? You would think that. But the truth is they don’t have any direct evidence.”
Alex Seitz-Wald on Salon in the article Bachmann defends her witch hunt, reports that:
... As evidence, she pointed to Abedin’s late father, Professor Syed Z. Abedin, and a 2002 Brigham Young University Law Review article about his work. Bachmann points to a passage saying Abedin founded an organization that received the “quiet but active support” of the the former director of the Muslim World League, an international NGO that was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe in the 1970s through 1990s.
So, to connect Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood, you have to go through her dead father, to the organization he founded, to a man who allegedly supported it, to the organization that man used to lead, to Europe in the 1970s and 1990s, and finally to the Brotherhood.
The next paragraph of the law review article she cites quotes Syed Abedin concluding that the Koran calls for, “multiple ways of life … i.e. religious and cultural plurality among mankind.” Pretty scary Islamo-fascist stuff. It’s also worth nothing that Weiner, Huma Abedin’s husband, is one of the most unquestionably pro-Israeli politicians in America. But Bachmann would have us believe that the security clearance process somehow missed Abedin’s nefarious connections, and thus she knows more than, say, the CIA and FBI, who are involved in the background-check process.
“Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person,” McCain said. “This is about who we are as a nation and who we still aspire to be. What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity. When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”
McCain’s concluding words were: “I hope these ugly and unfortunate attacks on her can be immediately brought to an end and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an American, of genuine patriotism and love of country.”
It really does seem as if the GOP has declared war on American Muslims, and that even those in the GOP who are not actively participating in Islamophobia have been silent. The list of elected representatives who have questioned Islamophobia includes almost no one from the GOP. Gov. Christie and Susan Collins, (R-Maine), and now Sen. John McCain are notable exceptions.
When individuals are elected to public office, they take an oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
It would seem that some of our elected representatives had their fingers crossed when taking this oath.
All of these folks really need to study the Constitution of the United States to remember that the Congress represents “we the people”, all of us, not just some particular segments of the population.
American Muslims are a part of “we the people”. We are Americans. We are not going anywhere. And, I believe that it is well past time that other Americans begin standing up against this demonization of Islam and Muslims. It would be nice to know that this sort of bigotry is not shared by most of our fellow Americans.
As the MPAC statement on this incident said: The congressional leaders making these accusations along with Bachmann have breached the trust of the public they serve. These members must be held responsible by the media and their constituents. If there was any offense that would warrant a resignation from a member of Congress, it seems that we have reached that point.
The National Catholic Reporter reports that:
Rabbi David Saperstein,Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement in response to the charge made my Cong. Michele Bachmann and other House Republicans, that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the U.S. government:
I am deeply troubled by the allegations made by Rep. Michelle Bachmann and other Members of Congress in letters to the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense and State, asserting that respected government officials and religious organizations are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. The letters assert that Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Clinton, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and ISNA President Imam Mohammed Magid, are all connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, posing a potential security risk to the United States.
The Reform Movement, and I personally, have worked with Ms. Abedin, Imam Magid and ISNA for many years. All have worked on behalf of U.S. interests at home and abroad, built relationships across religious lines and affirmed U.S. constitutional values.
These letters reflect a general pattern of Islamophobia that touches too many areas of our society. Allegations such as these by Members of Congress add legitimacy to this distressing trend. I hope that Rep. Bachmann and the other signatories will either produce credible evidence that substantiates their claims or withdraw them and do no further damage to the level of public discourse through the dissemination of unsubstantiated and harmful claims.
And, Amanda Terkel reports that
WASHINGTON—A leading Jewish organization on Friday forcefully condemned the allegations made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other members of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. government.
“These sweeping accusations by members of Congress against American citizens who are Muslim are unfair and misguided,” Robert G. Sugarman and Abraham H. Foxman, the national chair and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “Absent clear evidence of direct ties between these individuals and the Muslim Brotherhood, such allegations foment fear and cast the kind of suspicion that undermines rather than advances American counterterrorism efforts.”
... The ADL wrote letters to these five members of Congress on Friday, expressing their displeasure with their charges.
“Members of Congress have an essential role to play in raising legitimate concerns about threats to America’s security from international terrorist groups,” ADL wrote. “Those efforts should not be tainted by the kind of stereotyping and prejudice that has too frequently accompanied the public debate. ... We strongly urge you to reconsider your allegations and to refrain from promoting or trafficking in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories in the future.”
It is very encouraging that leaders in the Jewish community are speaking up on this issue. The voices of leaders in the Christian community, are at this point silent.
Today, Michele Bachmann again upped the ante, directly accusing Rep. Keith Ellison of Muslim Brotherhood ties.
Juan Cole has published an important article Is Michele Bachmann an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood? in which he notes:
But the irony is that Bachmann is right. There is a figure in the Federal government that has suspicious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim fundamentalist movement that began in Egypt in 1928. It is Michele Bachmann.
1. Bachmann is a major supporter of the MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq or People’s Holy Jihadis), an Iranian terrorist group that joined in the taking of US diplomats hostage in 1979-81. The MEK was formed as a mixture of Marxism and Muslim fundamentalism, and was influenced by Sayyid Qutb, a major thinker of the …. Muslim Brotherhood.
2. Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of ‘leading from behind’ and not being interventionist enough in Syria. She wants the secular, Arab nationalist regime in Syria overthrown. But the major opposition force in Syria is the Muslim Brotherhood, and it would have a good chance of coming to power (just as happened in post-revolutionary Egypt) if the Baath falls. AnsaMed writes
“In spite of ”long years of repression by the regime,” the movement has remained strong in Syria, said Brotherhood leader, Mohammad Riad Shakfa. The biggest force on the Syrian National Council, which is the West’s main opposition interlocutor, and very influential in the Syrian Free Army…
So Bachmann is actually herself a strong ally of the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria.
3. Bachmann is a supporter of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan and tried to visit with them.. The Northern Alliance was a coalition of forces fighting the Taliban. It consisted in part of the Jami’at-i Islami, to which many of its prominent members belonged. The Jami’at-i Islami is the Afghanistan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by Egyptian missionaries in the 1960s. Another component of the Northern Alliance was the Shiite Hizb-i Vahdat or Unity Party, which was allied with Iran in the 1990s.
So Bachmann is, once again, closely connected with the Muslim Brotherhood via the Afghanistan Northern Alliance.
4. In fall of 2011 as the US was preparing to withdraw from Iraq, Michele Bachmann opposed the troop withdrawal. She said that the US was being kicked out of Iraq because the Shiite government of PM Nouri al-Maliki was under the thumb of Iran, and taking orders from it.
Iraq’s disgraced former vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, also accused Tehran of orchestrating the launching of charges against him of being involved in terrorism. Bachmann is therefore an ally of Hashemi, since they have the same analysis and resentments toward Iran’s role in Iraqi politics, and they oppose that role together. Hashemi was for a long time a leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, which is the Iraqi branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded by an Egyptian missionary in 1934 in Mosul.
In all seriousness, the Muslim Brotherhood is not a centralized party. It has its own history in each country where it exists, and the leaderships don’t coordinate. The largest MB party is in Egypt, and it is not only not a terrorist group, it is behind the Freedom and Justice Party, which got 46 percent of the seats in the parliament and won the presidency. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood made a commitment to non-violence and to civil politics in the 1970s and is not a terrorist organization.
Still, it is very suspicious the way it has managed to recruit a Minnesota congresswoman to its cause.
I find it interesting that two of the most virulently anti-Muslim Congresspeople both have ties to terrorist organizations: Bachmann has ties to MEK and Rep. Peter King has ties to the IRA. See The MEK and terrorism double standards and Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter? for more on this topic.
And, Ali Gharib reports Rep. Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee appears to be dropping his support for Bachmann’s allegations. And, Jake Sherman reports on the Republicans lining up to object to Bachmann’s accusations.
Today 42 secular, religious, and civil rights groups sent a letter to all five representatives decrying the claims being made against American Muslims.
The innuendo and rumor mill just keeps churning!
After many, even in the GOP, came to the defense of Huma Abedin, Frank Gaffney, the primary source of the claims made by Bachmann/Franks/Gohmert/Rooney/Lynn, published a defense, and a new report.
Gaffney’s CSP published a “defense” of their work and of the claims used by Bachmann & Co. This leaves absolutely no doubt that Gaffney’s CSP “Muslim Brotherhood in America” is the primary source as the CSP itself makes that claim
In a CSP article Five Congressmen Call for Muslim Brotherhood Influence Investigations, Gaffney says
The Center for Security Policy’s course calls out several serving members of the current administration for having close ties to Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. These include:
Rashad Hussain, the current Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He previously was a Deputy Associate Council in the White House involved in national security policy and Muslim outreach.
Dalia Mogahed, a close associate of John Esposito, one of the foremost defenders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates. She is in the White House’s Office of Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and is credited as the person who most influenced President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo. She is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
Huma Abedein, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Several of her relatives have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, especially her mother who belongs to the Muslim Sisterhood.
Mohamed Elibiary, who serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Committee and reportedly tried to leak documents to the press to paint Texas Governor Rick Perry as having an anti-Muslim bias. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
Imam Mohamed Magid, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who has close ties with administration officials and is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.
The letter sent to the DHS says that, in addition to the aforementioned three members of the Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, “five other members…appear to share their sympathy for Islamist causes in addition to sharing some of their associations with organizers that are advancing such agendas in the U.S.”
Azizah al-Hibri, who stated that “Islamic fiqh is deeper and better than Western codes of law” and has relations with Brotherhood-tied groups, serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
In April 2010, the CEO of Islamic Relief USA, another group with with Hamas/Brotherhood ties, was appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. In November 2011, he was appointed to the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.
Sahar Aziz, who served in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties from 2008 to 2009, spoke at the annual fundraiser for CAIR-Michigan on March 25. She shared the stage with Siraj Wahhaj, an anti-American Islamist preacher.
.,, The Executive-Director of CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles chapter, Hussam Ayloush, was just elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In August 2010, Bill Aossey, a prominent member of the radical Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, went to the White House and sat at President Obama’s table for an Iftar celebration. In 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama’s Muslim outreach director, Mazen Asbahi, resigned after his associations with Brotherhood-tied groups were exposed.
The administration’s interfaith efforts involve the same individuals and groups that the five members of Congress are concerned about. Then-President of ISNA, Ingrid Mattson, took part in President Obama’s inaugural prayer services. The President’s top counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, spoke alongside her at New York University. Senior presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett was the keynote speaker at ISNA’s annual convention in 2009. After President Obama’s famous speech in Cairo in 2009, Secretary of State Clinton invited Esam Omeish, a supporter of Hamas involved with the Brotherhood, to take part in a conference call.
This is not a defense of Gaffney and CSP’s “facts” but a doubling down on the spurious allegations and guilt by association smears.
In addition to publishing this “defense”, and after receiving a lot of negative publicity, Gaffney and his CSP just released a new 28-page report Ties that Bind?: The views and agenda of Huma Abedin’s Islamist Mother. The CSP press release on the report is here.
Ryan J. Reilly discusses this in the article Meet Michele Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim Tutors:
His center’s new report, Gaffney said in a press release “makes plain that a thorough investigation is fully justified regarding [Abedin’s] access to classified information and policy-influencing role.”
As evidence of Abedin’s alleged threat to the U.S., the report points to a book translated and published by her mother, Dr. Saleha Abedin, that they claim promotes “doctrinal shariah in family life and justification of the brutal and objectively anti-women practices commonplace everywhere that shariah is enforced.” Reaboi questions the government’s background check into Abedin.
Reaboi said that he doesn’t believe Abedin is the most important story. So why focus a report on her? “Because we thought that, look, this is what the media narrative is,” Readboi said. “Rather than let it get away from us by not responding to the fact that people are all over TV and the press… saying there’s nothing wrong with Huma Abedin’s background, ‘everything is fine, everything is great, this is just McCarthyite smear.’ We wanted to give the facts.”
Individual journalists and concerned citizens are coming forward and challenging the claims being insisted upon by Islamophobes. However, it really does seem as if facts are not what these folks are after. Their agenda is clearly to totally marginalize American Muslims.
Elise Foley and Jaweed Kaleem wrote an article discussing three of the individuals being attacked (Elibiary, Mohamed Magid and Dalia Mogahed, all of whom were vetted by the DHS, and all of whom deny having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood) Michele Bachmann-Accused DHS Advisors Say Claims Of Muslim Brotherhood Ties Are Unfounded.
They have this on Elibiari
Mohamed Elibiary, a national security expert who serves as an advisor for the Department of Homeland Security, was accused last October of leaking secret documents in an effort to smear then-presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) as Islamophobic. The charges led to death threats, and the FBI had to visit Elibiary’s home to investigate a suspicious package.
DHS found the charges baseless, but nine months later, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), one of Ebiliary’s chief accusers, hasn’t let it go. He’s now taken his issue with Elibiary—a Republican whom he described last week as “a very nice gentleman”—even further, accusing him in a June 13 letter to DHS of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
... All three say they are in no way affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. But it’s difficult for them to clear their names, Elibiary said, when members of Congress seem intent on dragging them through the mud.
“They feel like there’s no consequences to what they’re doing, no negativity, and they just wrap themselves in the flag like they’re the only uber-patriots out there. There are real peoples’ lives that are affected,” said Elibiary, the sole Muslim member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. “This is a witch hunt to just make sure that we ruin every Muslim who is serving in any capacity in the government, period.”
Elibiary Elibiary was born Alexandria, Egypt, and grew up in Dallas. He said no one in his family—from parents and siblings to grandparents, aunts and uncles—has any ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. He filled out documents for vetting and “it wasn’t ever an issue,” he said.
The accusation by conservative outlets that Elibiary shopped around classified documents to the press did not lead to him losing his spot on the advisory council, and both agencies that looked into the matter found he had done no such thing.
Cleared or not, Gohmert won’t drop it. Last week he questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano over why her agency hadn’t responded to his alleged security violations. She pointed out—again—that they were found baseless. She also defended Elibiary and other Muslims who have advised the agency and are now being attacked.
“What bothers me, quite frankly, are the allegations that remain against anyone who happens to be Muslim,” Napolitano told Gohmert. “The allegations are not because he is Muslim,” Gohmert replied.
Elibiary has been helpful to Gohmert in the past, introducing him at one point at a mosque in the congressman’s district. That friendliness has dissolved now. Elibiary said he wrote Gohmert a letter in March asking him to talk about his concerns, but it went unanswered. When he saw the congressman at the state GOP convention in early June, he said he approached him again and politely said the same thing. “He looked at my delegate name tag and said ‘Mohamed Elibiary, all I need to know about you I already know,’ and proceeded and walked off,” Elibiary said.
Gohmert’s office did not respond to a request for comment on that meeting, his accusations against Elibiary or the letters he and other members of Congress sent on the Muslim Brotherhood. Bachmann’s office also declined to respond with a comment. So far, she has been unapologetic about the letters, saying in a July 18 statement that they were “unfortunately being distorted,” and not responding to questions from reporters over the Republicans who condemned her effort. Gohmert has called his critics “numb nuts.”
And this on Dalia Mogahed
Mogahed, who is the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and served on a DHS working group, also said she was being wrongly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“As a Gallup expert, I research and report public opinion in majority Muslim societies on a variety of issues, including the relationship between politics and religion,” she said in an email. “I am not and have never been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In our capacity as Gallup scientists, my colleagues and I frequently meet with a wide variety of leaders and address diverse global audiences in an effort to inform public debate and policy decisions with sound research.”
And this on Imam Magid
Magid, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and the leader of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a 5,000-member group of mosques in Northern Virginia, called the accusations “unfair and unfounded” and said he has “nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood.” He called the accusations “politically motivated” and said he believes they were made to “isolate Muslims from public life.”
“American Muslims are always being questioned by the people who are supposed to be the defenders of religious freedom,” he said. “It bothers me that the people making these statements haven’t even talked to us. I have never met Michele Bachmann in my life, nor Frank Gaffney, but they make assumptions that are completely inaccurate.”
Magid said he regularly works with federal officials such as those in DHS, but does so in order to “address the issue of violent extremism.” Giving an example, he said he invites “people from law enforcement to my [mosque] to talk about Internet safety and recruitment for violent extremism online.” The imam also invited the lawmakers to visit his mosque.
Haris Tarin of MPAC has written an article Michele Bachmann and Muslim witch hunts in which he says
It is difficult being an American Muslim engaged in civic activities, let alone working in government or politics. We Muslims must always second-guess what we say, guard against people questioning our loyalty and make sure that nobody thinks we are trying to infiltrate the government to sabotage it from within and hand it over to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Most Americans would dismiss these accusations, especially the last one, as outrageous conspiracy theories written by loonies on their blogs. Yet American Muslim public servants are facing these charges from sitting members of Congress. The sad reality is that it has been happening for a decade, and has been met with complete indifference from the media and the public.
Recently, Rep. Michele Bachmann, briefly the front-runner for GOP presidential candidate, sent letters to the State Department, Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security asking them to investigate American Muslim organizations, individuals and government employees to determine if they are infiltrating the government and sabotaging it from within. This week, Newt Gringrich wrote an op-ed defending Bachmann’s request.
Bachmann and her friends—Republican representatives Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia—pulled out all the stops. They not only hurled these outrageous claims at our organization, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and others like ours, but also accuse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief-of-staff of being part of the conspiracy.
... This latest witch hunt comes as no surprise to those of us in public life. This is a natural next step for hate mongers. First, people who do not have mainstream political backing start the rumors. Next, if we take a page from Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s playbook, the rumors become accusations leveled by the most politically privileged. It’s simple—the more accusations thrown at American Muslims trying to serve their country, the harder it is for them to be hired and the more politicians shy away from engaging them.
For years, we have watched presidential candidates talking about their discomfort with appointing Muslims to senior positions in government. We have seen them sparring over our ethics and principles. Legislation against Sharia law has been introduced in 20 states, frightening residents into thinking Sharia is an imminent threat. President Obama still faces vicious and pointed accusations of being a Muslim, as though it were a slur.
These attacks are real and hurt people’s lives. Public servants have been forced out of jobs, with suspicion shadowing them. Very few public officials have had the courage to publicly condemn the escalating witch hunt. Will this latest absurdity finally force our politicians and policy-makers to not only defend someone like Huma Abedin, whose public service needs no defense, but also all American Muslims who serve this country every day?
... The question is whether this incident will serve as a tipping point. Will our political and religious leaders and the media push back against Islamophobes whose clear agenda is to marginalize American Muslims? Will this wave of McCarthyism be exposed, condemned and made politically unacceptable? Will American Muslim public servants be able to serve their country without suspicion?
Every year, my organization brings 25 young American Muslim leaders to Washington to help them better understand policy making. The majority are inspired to develop careers in government and public service.
Yet every year I ask myself: Are these individuals better off in banking, medicine and less high-profile careers? Am I exposing them to a career that will be tarnished by the likes of Michele Bachmann? In the end, I still believe that the sacrifice to serve this nation and make America a better place is worth the headache, and heartache, of dealing with bigots—including those in Congress.
That is the dilemma. American Muslims love America, and love Islam, and want to serve both. The Islamophobes and those eleced representatives who are providing a veneer of respectability to their propaganda are making that difficult.
BACHMANN AND THE MB:
- ADL Responds To Conspiratorial Letter From 5 Members Of Congress; Urges Bachmann, Others To Stop ‘Trafficking In Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories’ http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/6356_41.htm
- Bachmann, Beck, Gaffney Inciting Anti-American Demonstrations, Linda Carbonell http://lezgetreal.com/2012/07/bachmann-beck-gaffney-inciting-anti-american-demonstrations/
- Bachmann missed the infiltration of Apple and YouTube (satire), Ibn Percy http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/satire-on-bachmann/0019258
- Bachmann: fear and loathing, Jon Stewart (satire, video) http://www.loonwatch.com/2012/07/jon-stewart-smear-and-loathing/
- Michele Bachmann calls for investigation of Nightrunner, fictional Muslim hero (satire) http://www.comicbookbin.com/Michele_Bachmann_calls_for_investigation_of_Nightrunner_fictional_Muslim-American_hero_001.html
- Bachmann’s former campaign chief, Edward Rollins—shame on you, Michele http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/18/bachmann-former-campaign-chief-shame-on-michele/#ixzz211miozCu
- Michele Bachmann’s hateful cronies, Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/07/19/michele_bachmanns_hateful_cronies/
- Bachmann’s Islamophobic Conspiracy Theory Fuels Egyptians’ Anti-Clinton Protest http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/17/529071/bachmann-islamophobic-egpyt-clinton/
- Bachmann’s Muslim Witch Hunt Must be Stopped in its Tracks, MPAC http://www.mpac.org/issues/islamophobia/bachmanns-muslim-witch-hunt-must-be-stopped-in-its-tracks.php
- Michele Bachmann tops a team of conspiracy-crazed clowns, David Horsey http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-clowns-20120719,0,6516965.story
- Michele Bachmann vs. Huma Abedin: ‘The Ramadan Conspiracy’, Arsalan Iftikhar http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/michele-bachmann-vs-huma-abedin-the-ramadan-conspiracy/2012/07/19/gJQAFDAcvW_blog.html
- Beyond Bachmann: A Challenge for the GOP, James Zogby http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-zogby/beyond-bachmann-a-challen_b_1691689.html
- John Boehner and Marco Rubio defend Huma Abedin http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/huma-abedin-michele-bachmann_n_1686557.html
- Boehner Blasts Bachmann, Says Her Unfounded Accusations Are ‘Pretty Dangerous’, Igor Volsky http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/07/19/548671/boehner-blasts-bachmann-says-her-unfounded-accusations-are-pretty-dangerous/
- Ellison demands apology http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/20/politics/ellison-denounces-bachmann-accusations/
- Ellison Demands ‘Credible, Substantial Evidence’ Of Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracies http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/12/515907/ellison-bachmann-muslim-brotherhood-evidence/
- Ellison Calls Bachmann’s Evidence Of Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy ‘16 Pages Worth Of Nothing’, Ali Gharib http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/18/537991/ellison-bachmann-muslim-brotherhood-nothing/
- Rep. Keith Ellison Challenges Rep. Michele Bachmann: Put Up or Shut Up, James Zogby http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/rep.-keith-ellison-challenges-rep.-michelle-bachmann-put-up-or-shut-up
- GOP disowns Bachmann, Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/07/20/gop_disowns_bachmann/
- Heat is on Bachmann after leveling new charges at Ellison, Kevin Diaz http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/163257466.html?refer=y
- Lead by example, not careless allegations, Edward M. Gabriel, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/239249-lead-by-example-not-careless-allegations
- John McCain Slams Michele Bachmann’s ‘Unfounded’ Attacks On Huma Abedin, Muslim-Americans, Amanda Terkel http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/18/john-mccain-michele-bachmann-muslim_n_1683277.html
- Rep. Sue Myrick’s hearing on the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/myrick_panel/0018502
- Janel Napolitano, DHS Secretary Blasts GOP Rep For Peddling Bachmann’s Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theories, Ali Gharib http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/19/550361/gohmert-napolitano-dhs-muslim-brotherhood/
- Paranoia in the House http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-muslims-mccain-abedin-20120720,0,458735.story
- The Right’s Anti-Muslim Crankery Has Real Consequences, Adam Serwer http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/07/rights-anti-muslim-crankery-has-real-consequences
- Rubio condemns Bachmann http://www.salon.com/2012/07/19/rubio_condemns_bachmann/
- Rabbi Saperstein on Bachmann’s Charge http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/rabbi-saperstein-bachmanns-charge
- State And Homeland Security Departments Won’t Investigate Bachmann’s Islamophobic Allegations, Ali Gharib http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/20/556171/state-and-homeland-security-departments-wont-investigate-bachmanns-islamophobic-allegations/
- Jon Stewart Slams Michele Bachmann’s Huma Abedin Muslim Brotherhood Accusation (VIDEO) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/20/jon-stewart-michele-bachmann-huma-abedin-muslim-brotherhood-video_n_1689035.html
- Why Bachmann’s witch hunt matters, Alex Seitz-Wald http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/why_bachmanns_witch_hunt_matters/
The Anti-Muslim Congressional Mafia, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_mafia
Frank Gaffney Accuses General David Petraeus Of ‘Submission’ To Sharia Law, Scott Keyes http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/04/28/161792/frank-gaffney-david-petraeus-sharia/
After Agreeing To An Interview, Leading Anti-Muslim Activist Frank Gaffney Evades ThinkProgress With Five Body Guards, http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/11/18/338678/gaffney-fears-thinkprogress/
All Bigoted Islamophobic Roads Lead to Frank Gaffney, Richard Allen Smith http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4332
Anti-Islam Extremist Frank Gaffney Troubled by Herman Cain’s Muslim Meeting http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/blog/frank_gaffney_on_herman_cains/
Anti-Mosque Coalition’s Website Owned By Neo-Conservative Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, Alex Seitz-Wald http://thinkprogress.org/2010/08/24/gaffney-mosque-website/
Frank Gaffney Argues Muslim Brotherhood Has ‘Infiltrated’ The Federal Government http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/02/01/141625/gaffney-muslim-brotherhood/
At War with Islam http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/2009/08/18/frank-gaffney-at-war-with-islam/
Backgrounder on Gaffney http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Gaffney_Frank
Gaffney Banned from CPAC, James Joyner http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/frank-gaffney-banned-from-cpac/
Board of American Conservative Union Unanimously Condemned Gaffney’s ‘Reprehensible’ And ‘Unfounded’ Attacks http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/12/422933/exclusive-conservative-board-unanimously-condemned-gaffneys-reprehensible-and-unfounded-attacks/
Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy Sharia Reports a Threat to American Ideals, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/center_for_security_policy_sharia_report_a_threat_to_american_ideals
Frank Gaffney Claims Grover Norquist Is Helping The Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrate The Conservative Movement http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffney-claims-grover-norquist-helping-muslim-brotherhood-infiltrate-conservative-move
Cordoba House versus Team B: Key to the Global 21st Century, Dr. Robert D. Crane http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cordoba_house_versus_team_b_key_to_the_global_21st_century The left and
CPAC Conservatives Shun “Crazy Bigot” Gaffney, Sarah Posner http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/3990/cpac_conservatives_shun_%E2%80%9Ccrazy_bigot%E2%80%9D_gaffney/
The Gaffney Crazy Train (Suhail Khan), Zaki Hasan http://www.zakiscorner.com/2011/01/frank-gaffney-crazy-train.html
Frank Gaffney Equals Paranoid Fearmongerer http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/02/frank-gaffney-equals-paranoid-fearmongerer/
Islamists are both “advancing the takedown of America”, http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201008230064
FBI Leaking To Neocon Conspiracy-Theorist Frank Gaffney? http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/08/23/fbi-leaking-to-neocon-conspiracy-theorist-frank-gaffney/
Gaffney: Ground Zero Mosque is Evidence to Muslims ‘That Our Submission is Inevitable’ http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-ground-zero-mosque-evidence-muslims-our-submission-inevitable
Is Frank Gaffney a Radical Plant Out To Destroy Republican Party?, Richard Silverstein http://www.eurasiareview.com/14042011-frank-gaffney-radical-plant-out-to-destroy-republican-party-oped/
Frank Gaffney’s Latest Boogeyman Inspired Bachmann’s Witch Hunt, Matt Duss http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/19/545991/gaffney-latest-boogeyman-bachmann/
Gaffney’s Latest Nonsensical Theory: Obama May Use Libya Precedent To Order Military Strike On Israel http://mediamatters.org/blog/201103210009
Look Who’s Advising Michele Bachmann on Foreign Policy, Tim Murphy http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/08/meet-michele-bachmann-foreign-policy-adviser-frank-gaffney
Gaffney made false and baseless claims about Obama’s birth certificate, purported “ties” to Khalid al-Mansour http://mediamatters.org/research/2008/10/14/wash-times-gaffney-made-false-and-baseless-clai/145656
Memos Reveal Anti-Muslim Group’s Early Efforts To Bring Islamophobia Into The Mainstream (Frank Gaffney, Clarion, money trail) http://thinkprogress.org/2010/12/06/clarion-fund-website/
Gaffney: The Muslim Brotherhood is Waging ‘Pre-Violent’ Jihad Against America http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-muslim-brotherhood-waging-pre-violent-civilization-jihad-against-america
Gaffney: Muslims Practicing Sharia Should Be Prosecuted for Sedition, Charles Johnson http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/38237_Frank_Gaffney-_Muslims_Practicing_Sharia_Should_Be_Prosecuted_for_Sedition
Grover Norquist is a “Muslim Brotherhood Facilitator” http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/boykin-grover-norquist-muslim-brotherhood-facilitator
Gaffney: Obama Duped America Like Hitler Duped Chamberlain http://www.alan.com/2009/06/08/frank-gaffney-obama-duped-america-like-hitler-duped-chamberlain/
Gaffney: Obama Advancing Sharia Law and the ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’ in the Military http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-obama-sharia-radical-homosexual-agenda-military
Frank Gaffney’s Obsession with Sharia, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/frank_gaffneys_obsession_with_sharia/
Gaffney: The President ‘May Actually Still Be’ A Muslim http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/06/09/gaffney-the-president-may-actually-be-a-muslim/
The Gaffney Report aka ‘The Return of Dr Strangelove’, Abdul Cader Asmal http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_gaffney_report_aka_the_return_of_dr_strangelove
Gaffney Says Anti-Hate Activists Want To Execute Him With ‘Shariah Blasphemy Laws’, Lee Fang http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/26/354255/frank-gaffney-says-anti-hate-activists-want-to-execute-him-with-shariah-blasphemy-laws/
Gaffney’s “Shariah Law and American State Courts”: Report Aiming to Prove ‘Creeping Shariah’ Theory Proves the Opposite, Robert Steinback http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/06/14/report-to-prove-creeping-shariah-theory/
SPLC backgrounder on Gaffney http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/frank-gaffney-jr
Frank Gaffney Thinks ‘We Need A New House Anti-American Committee’ For Islam, Ali Gharib http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/09/01/310121/gaffney-mccarthyism-muslims/
Three Weeks After Frank Gaffney Released New Anti-Sharia Pledge, Zero Presidential Candidates Have Signed On, Scott Keyes http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/09/27/328547/three-weeks-after-frank-gaffney-released-new-anti-sharia-pledge-zero-presidential-candidates-have-signed-on/
Frank Gaffney Uses Bizarre, Hypocritical Definition of Free Speech to Defend Boykin http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffney-uses-bizarre-hypocritical-definition-free-speech-defend-boykin
Gaffney uses fake Abraham Lincoln quote http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/washington-times-lands-abe-lincoln-scoop
Gaffney Wants Muslims Practicing Sharia Prosecuted for Sedition http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gaffney-wants-muslims-practicing-sharia-prosecuted-sedition
Gaffney wants to bring back the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/07/21/anti-muslim-activist-calls-for-revival-of-house-un-american-activities-committee/
Frank Gaffney: We need a ‘new House Anti-American Activities Committee’ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/01/1012644/-Frank-Gaffney-We-need-a-new-House-Anti-American-Activities-Committee
When Conservatives Need to Attack Obama on Security, They Turn to Conspiracist Frank Gaffney http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/when-conservatives-need-attack-obama-security-they-turn-conspiracist-frank-gaffney
Fox Trumpets CAIR Conspiracy Theory Charges Made by Author with Anti-Islam History http://mediamatters.org/research/200910150015
GOP AND MUSLIMS:
- The GOP has declared war on American Muslims, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-gop-has-declared-war-on-american-muslims
- GOP congressman teams up with anti-Muslim group, Justin Elliott http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/07/allen_west_terrorism/index.html
- GOP House members call for investigation of Muslim political activity, Glenn Greenwald http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/
- GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo: They’ve Lowered the Bar Again!, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/gop_lowers_the_anti-muslim_limbo_bar
- GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo: How Low Can They Go?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_gop_anti-muslim_limbo_how_low_can_they_go
- GOP Debate: Newt Gingrich’s Comparison of Muslims and Nazis Sparks Outrage http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gop-debate-newt-gingrichs-comparison-muslims-nazis-sparks/story?id=13838355
- GOP dirty tricks in the swing states, Richard Silverstein http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/sep/22/uselections2008.republicans
- GOP Grand Old Islamophobes? Polls Show Widespread Republican Concerns Over Muslims—And Obama, Evan McMorris http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/grand-old-islamophobes-polls-show-widespread-republican-concern-over-muslims.php
- GOP Muslims Fear Failure Of Bush Outreach Efforts After Anti-Mosque Furor http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/republican-muslims-to-gop-youre-on-thin-ice.php
- GOPer can’t define, but wants to ban, sharia law, Justin Elliott http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/07/alabama_sharia_ban/index.html
- The GOP’s clever anti-mosque strategy, Mark Silk http://blog.beliefnet.com/religionandpubliclife/2010/08/the-republicans-intolerance-gene.html
- The GOP Swaps Gay Bashing for Islamaphobia, Sarah Jones http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-islampaphobia
- The GOP’s new McCarthyism against Muslims, Cynthia Tucker http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/08/17/the-gops-new-mccarthyism-against-muslims/
- The GOP’s Problem with Islam, Aaron Saari http://tpcmagazine.org/article/gop%E2%80%99s-problem-islam
- Why Does the GOP Seek to Silence American Muslims?, Ahmed Rehab http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/why_does_the_gop_seek_to_silence_american_muslims
- Why the GOP embraced Islamophobia, Joe Conason http://www.salon.com/news/politics/republican_party/?story=/opinion/conason/2010/09/12/islamo
Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism: Everything Old Is New Again, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/comparison-propaganda
REP. PETER KING’s SERIES OF HEARINGS deserve special mention, and TAM has a number of articles discussing these in depth:
TAM has an article The American Muslim Community and Rep. Peter King’s “Islamic” Radicalization Hearings which has a great deal of background on Peter King and these hearings, and an extensive article collection. We also have a series of articles breaking down various aspects of the hearings:
- Peter King’s Hearing: What Was the Point? discussing the content of the hearings, with a collection of articles written after the hearing ended.
- Peter King’s Civics Lesson for American Muslims which has a collection of anti-Muslim statements by elected representatives and government officials made during and before the hearings.
- Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community and Polls, Surveys, and Statistics Relating to Islam and Muslims with actual hard evidence so lacking in the hearing.
- Response of Civic Organizations and Interfaith Community to “Muslim Radicalization” Hearings
- Elected Representatives & Government Officials Who HAVE Questioned Islamophobia with quotes from elected representatives and government officials attempting to counter the bias of this hearing both during and before the hearing.
- Peter King’s hearing: witness testimonies - allegations but no facts
- Zuhdi Jasser and AIFD - Identified by Rep. King as the Ideal American Muslim Leadership
- Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter?
- Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community which lays out all of his claims and allegations and provides detailed answers to each. (e.g. Do Muslims cooperate with law enforcement? Do Muslims speak out against terrorism and extremism? Are most Muslims terrorists? Are 80 to 85% of mosques run by radicals? Have American Muslim organizations responded to the issue of radicalization? Are mosques the source of radicalization? etc.)
- The scope of Rep. Kings Hearings Creates Homeland “in"Security
- Peter King’s Fourth Hearing Targets Muslims in the Military
- Rep. Peter King Plans 5th Hearing With “Astroturf” Muslim Witnesses
- How Reliable Were Rep. King’s “Astroturf” Muslim Witnesses?
Muslim Brotherhood Document of the Muslim or Islamophobic Lunatic Fringe?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_brotherhood_document1
Unindicted co-conspirator Designation Not a Proof of Guilt, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/unindicted_co-conspirator_-_so_what
Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_is_the_u.s._government_getting_its_information_on_islam_and_musl